Row over move to ban Ram-air Kites FULL STORY HERE

A move to ban ram-air kites from the beginning of next year has stirred bitter controversy among Formula kite racers as the devastatingly efficient and quick foil kites have revolutionized the course board discipline this season, leaving those flying Leading-Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites trailing.

Ian MacKinnon
31 October 2014 13:16 GMT

Optimist World Championship - First Swiss title winner

Only one race was completed on the final day of the 2014 Optimist World Championship in Argentina, and Nicolas Rolaz of Switzerland defended his lead to take the title and become the first Swiss sailor to win the Optimist World Championship. Voravong Rachrattanaruk of Thailand took silver and Dimitri Papadimitriou of Greece bronze. Aina Colom of Spain finished in fourth overall and top girl. Britain's Vita Heathcote finished in 33rd place, Benno Marstaller 48th and Rhys Lewis 52nd.

Nicolas Rolaz of SwitzerlandClick image for a larger image

G New
31 October 2014 8:55 GMT

Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng take lead FULL STORY HERE

In the early hours of Friday, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) took the overall lead on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The lead is now swapping between Dongfeng, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel as the leaders hit 20 knots in the sprint to Cape Town.

Dongfeng - Kevin Escoffier getting wet in the foredeckClick image for a larger image

G New
31 October 2014 7:11 GMT

La Route du Rhum - Pick a Winner FULL STORY HERE

Line honours will go to one of the eight giant Ultimes but there are also victories to be gained in each of the four other classes. Here is a quick evaluation of the favourites at three days before La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.

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G New
30 October 2014 22:44 GMT

Optimist Worlds delayed by thunderstorms

All racing was cancelled at the Optimist World Championships taking place in San Isidro, Argentina. Heavy thunderstorms flooded much of the Club area overnight and the storms continued into the day causing the cancellation of the penultimate days racing. Light winds are forecast for the final three races today. Nicolas Rolaz of Switzerland is the overall leader.

Boats moved to car parkClick image for a larger image

G New
30 October 2014 7:32 GMT

Volvo Race - Suddenly its a goldrush to the South FULL STORY HERE

The race to the south continues - and it appears that a gamble by Team Vestas might be paying off in a big way. The Danish boat went far west and late Wednesday evening is level-pegging with the front two, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Brunel. And not to be outdone, Dongfeng has joined the goldrush - 17 nm cover the four this morning.

Vestas Wind - Tony Rae, Maciel Cicchetti,aka Cicho and Nicolai SehestedClick image for a larger image

G New
29 October 2014 22:14 GMT

ISAF Annual Conference to discuss the future of sailing FULL STORY HERE

Just so you are aware. The 2014 ISAF Annual Conference will take place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 1 to 8 November. More than 500 delegates will be in attendance to share ideas, stories and to discuss the future of sailing. Well, we will all sleep a little more soundly knowing that the future of sailing is in their safe hands . . .
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G New
29 October 2014 22:39 GMT

Foiler-Moth Eurocup Video round-up FULL STORY HERE

Great video of the inaugural Foiler-Moth Eurocup that ended on Lake Garda in September. A total of 89 caompetitors including many top sailors from other classes. Overall winner was the triple Olympian Chris Rast SUI/USA. Click here for the final event report.

G New
29 October 2014 16:50 GMT

Volvo Ocean Race - Multicoloured blob is success for Designers FULL STORY HERE

When you click on the Volvo Race tracker all you get is a multicoloured blob just off the coast of Brazil. That blob is the Volvo race fleet after over 17 days and 3000 nm of racing and represents success for the Volvo boat designers. Just 278 nm cover the seven competing boats, with the leader within 25 nm of each other. And depending on the way things are calculated any one of the first four could take the lead in the next 12 hours check.

G New
29 October 2014 7:31 GMT